'I'm Lucky To Be Alive': Halsey Reveals Health Battle On New Single 'The End'

5 June 2024 | 11:22 am | Mary Varvaris

“Long story short, I’m lucky to be alive. Short story long, I wrote an album.”


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American alternative singer-songwriter Halsey (who uses she/they pronouns) has shared details of her private health battle alongside the drop of their acoustic new single, The End.

In pictures and videos posted to Instagram today (5 June), the Without Me singer appeared to be receiving infusions. The caption for the post reads: “Long story short, I’m lucky to be alive. Short story long, I wrote an album.”

While she didn’t reveal her diagnosis, Halsey did tag the Lupus Research Alliance and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on Instagram and will donate to both organisations (per the Associated Press).

“I feel like an old lady,” Halsey said in the first video as she massaged her legs.

They added, “I told myself, I'm giving myself two more years to be sick. At 30, I'm having a rebirth, and I'm not going to be sick, and I'm gonna look super hot and have lots of energy, and I'm just gonna get to redo my twenties and my thirties.”

In other clips, the singer documented their first day of treatment before tracking more of her health journey. The End also details her struggles with illness, with Halsey singing in the first line of the song, “Every couple of years now, a doctor says I'm sick.”

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Halsey has been open about health issues throughout the years, with the singer openly discussing their journey with endometriosis, undergoing surgery for the condition in 2017 and 2022.

The End – and her upcoming album – serve as the follow-up to Halsey’s 2021 album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, produced by Nine Inch NailsTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

In an album review for If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, The Music’s Madelyn Tait wrote:

Dave Grohl’s drums on pop punk Honey and Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham’s finger-picked guitar on the sweet, folky Darling provide album highlights, but it’s I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God with its propelling synths that really stands out. It's the type of song that grows on you upon every listen - once you get past the jarring dissonance, it's hard to get the chorus hook out of your head.

If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power is a brave and ambitious record, one that Halsey, Reznor and Ross manage to successfully pull off.

Halsey also received complimentary reviews from The Music’s Alasdair Belling and Jess Martyn, who saw them perform at Falls Festival Byron Bay in January 2020 – her most recent stops down under.

“Physically and vocally, she was easily one of the most energetic performers of the day and one of the most provocative,” the reviewers stated. “She put so much energy into each track that her audience felt compelled to give more, and the result was something truly unmissable.”